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that pope benedict will resign on february 28th. the vatican confirming this information. he made a statement in latin during a small event saying that he does not have the strength anymore. the vatican did not offer any more explanation but once again this breaking news out of vatican city that pope benedict will resign as of february 28th. at the live desk, angie goff, news 4. >>> thank you, angie. president obama will honor a hero from the war in afghanistan. he'll award this man the medal of honor. he and his fellow soldiers battled hundreds of taliban fighters for more than 12 hours in 2009. eight americans died. romesha will be the only third living member to receive the medal of honor. >>> authorities in california are preparing for another day of searching for a suspected killer. police in los angeles are offering $1 million for information on christopher dorner, an ex-police officer accused of murdering three people. officers surrounding a home improvement store yesterday after someone reported seeing dorner there. investigators believe he's targeting other lapd officers
by the pictures of the extraordinary affection for benedict xvi, and i think he'll return it to the crowd and thank them. i think he'll acknowledge the great universality of the church. i would expect there to be strong spiritual words from this man today. >> people who have been around the pope the last several days describing his manner as serene. as someone who saw him on ash wednesday, both in audience in the morning and the ash wednesday mass in the evening, that's exactly how he looked to me. he's not someone who wants a lot of attention or prone to flashy good-byes, but do you think we'll see some emotion from this pope today? >> chris, pope benedict's serenity comes from a mature mind, well formed spirit, a man of real spiritual discipline, great student of the bible. on his day of resignation, he said jesus christ is the real leader of the church, the true ruler of the church. i suspect he'll say something of that today. in addition to what is an energetic atmosphere, an unsettled atmosphere. the church is moving into uncharted waters beginning at 8:00 tomorrow night. and while i
hopes there will be someone new by the end of march. >> pope benedict will go to a summer retreat after he resigns and then he will move to a monostair where he will dedicate the remainder of his life to prayer. >>> 80 million americans call themselves catholic, but their numbers have been dwindling. some were proud of his decision, others were furious that he didn't do more about child sex abuse by priest. bruce, what did you find? >> among survivors of child sex abuse, there is a sense that pope benedict could have done far more, but among many of the faithful, there is a pride in pope benedict and he remains really quite popular, even though he succeeded the wildly popular, john paul. >> it's very startling. unprepared for. >> cardinal whirl was with the pope in october and had no sign that the pontiff was struggling with his duty. >> he was in full possession. >> part of the conclave that will select the next pope. and he says he will be looking for continuity with the conservative teachings of benedict and john paul. >> there's a basic doctrine that is bedrock or catholic fai
. >>> pope benedict xvi shocked the catholic opportunity with a resignation. the pope said he no longer has the strength to do his job and will step down at the end of the month. it is the first paper resignation in 600 years. as for a replacement, right now, there is no clear front runner. >> who among this body has the qualifications, the characteristics, the spiritual gifts to fill that chair? >> the vatican hopes to have a new pope in place by easter. as for pope benedict, he will move into a monostair where he will dedicate the remainder of his life to prayer. pope benedict acknowledged and apologized for the catholic church's priest abuse scandal. but some people, including david lorenze, think more needs to be done. >> i was something. >> at 16. >> by an adult priest. this thing is going to haunt them from now, for another thousand years until they stand up and address it and come clean. >> others say they stand behind and support pope benedict. >> same-sex partners will soon have access to the exact same benefits offered to their heterosexual counterparts. leon panetta signed
is elected. i'm in rome with the >>> pope benedict xvi stepped down in a couple days and turns out. catholics may have a new pope sooner than they think. >> today the pope made history by changing church law. >> pope benedict xvi revised the rule on how his successor will be chosen. cardinals no longer have to wait 15 days. after benedict steps down thursday, cardinals can decide to move up the secret ceremony to elect a pope, known as the conclave. >> they should decide as quickly as possible. i thought it would be something that would take a lot longer. >> the vatican would like it in place in place before march 24. the new pope must be installed a week earlier. when voting starts, keith o'brian will be absent. the vatican confirms o'brian resigned amid allegations -- he denied the accusations and said he does not want the allegations to be a distraction. >> fact that his resignation has been accepted by pope benedict, i think is significant. not of guilt, but certainty that we want an investigation to begin. >> some tourists at the vatican say the new allegations are another blemish f
. catholic church officials say pope benedict xvi will resign on february 28th, just 17 days from today. at announcement is considered a huge surprise. so far, there is no cheer reason given for the pope's rest you go nation. the headline from the vatican just breaking, pope benedict xvi will resign at the end of the month. >>> senator lindsay graham says he will delay a confirmation vote for cluck hagel and john brennan until he gets more information about a deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. the south carolina republican accused the white house of stone walling his request for more information. hagel is the president's pick to lead the pentagon. brennan is in line for lead the cia. >> i do believe if he had picked up the phone, called the libyan government, these folks could have gotten out of the airport to the annex and the last two guys may very well be alive and if he did call the libyan officials and they sort of blew him off, that will affect whether or not i would give foreign aid in the future to libya. but if he failed to call on behalf of those people under edge,
of men who have been appointed by either benedict or john paul ii. so they're like-mended men. >> reporter: american catholics still make up the largest religious denomination in this country. but many believe if it wasn't for immigration from asia and latin america, their numbers would be on the decline. so will a new pope be able to change this course? that certainly is the question on the minds of many of the faithful. cecilia vega, abc news, san francisco. >> some say it's divine intervention. take a look at this lightning strike at the vatican. it touched the top of st. peter's basilica. and it got the attention of new york's archbishop during an interview with diane sawyer. >> have you seen these pictures today? >> no, what is this about? >> they say this happened today. >> wow! is that not something? boy, oh boy. a lot of pasta overcooked with this lightning strike. can you believe it at st. peter's? boy, another apt image. >> cardinal dolan will be among those choosing the next pope. here's something interesting. the cardinals are cut off from the entire world when the
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for the catholic church. pope benedict will step down at the end of the month. >> catholics are waiting to see who will be chosing to replace him. abc's nick schifrin is joining us from vatican city. >> reporter: pope benedict is a shy leader but a reminder of the man who they used to call god's rottweiller. unpredictable, unprecedented. at 85, he's silver haired and cerebral and says he can't keep up. he said he's become so infirmed, i've had to recognize my incapacity to fulfill the ministry enstrupsed to me. in the last year, he grew increasingly frail. >> he's certainly slowed down a bet. you can tell he has trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. >> reporter: but the german pope never slowed down, putting the church on an orthodox path. he opposed homosexuality and female priests. he tried to heal wounds, apologizing to victims of sexual abuse. but his church shielded accused priests and hid crimes from authorities. >> they've got to come to terms with the priest scandal. they have to be more candid and honest about it. >> reporter: benedict filled stadiums bu
are getting word from a wire service that apparently pope benedict the 16th is about to resign. if you go back a year ago when he turned 85, there was some speculation that he might call it quits because of his declining health. there has been no additional update on why the pope is going to resign, but nonetheless the story is out there. we've got reporters on it. and as soon as we know why, we will share that with you. >>gretchen: that will be huge news obviously, so we'll keep you posted. let's go to the other top story which is the extreme weather alert. now we're talking about down south. a massive tornado caught on camera ripping through the heart of has -- hattiesburg, mississippi. >> happening right outside my hotel. check this out. look at that. >>gretchen: the devastating twister leaving at least 4,200 people without power. >> dude, that's insane. >> oh my! >> it's about to hit sam's. >>gretchen: as the tornado traveled down the main street, it mangled homes, businesses and several buildings on the campus of the university of southern mississippi. >> i saw it right around, as it was
that came out yesterday, that pope benedict is resigning at the end of the month. at age 85, the pope says he does not have the strength to carry out his duties any longer. >> the surprising decision has far-reaching imply faces for the millions of catholics around the world. abc's nick schifrin reports from vatican city. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, diana. pope benedict is a shy leader but a reminder of the man they used to call god's rottweiller. unpredictabili unpredictability, unprecedented and it might just guarantee his legacy. at 85, he's silver haired and cerebral and says he simply can't keep up. pope benedict xvi told his cardinals he had become so infirm, "i've had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me." in the last year, benedict grew increasingly frail. >> he certainly slowed down a bit. you can tell he had trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. >> reporter: but the german pope never slowed down. putting the church on an orthodox path. he opposed homosexuality and female priests. he trie
worth $48,000. >> ben tracy, thanks. >>> pope benedict steps down on thursday. yesterday he gave his final sunday blessing and defended his decision to retire. this morning the pope changed the conclave rules allowing the cardinals to hold the conclave earlier than normal. and there is news surrounding one of the cardinals who was set to help pick benedict's successor. alan pizzey is in have the can city. >> reporter: more troubles for the vatican and the conclave. cardinal keith o'brien of scotland announced he was resigning and would not take part in the conclave to announce benedict's successor. he was accused of what's called inappropriate contact with four young priests some 30 years ago. the cardinal denies the allegations but said he was not taking part in the conclave so as not to detract from the major issue of choosing pope benedict's successor. that brings the number of voting cardinals down to 115. benedict told the faithful who came to his last sunday blessing that he was not abandoning the church but doing what was best to serve it. in his words, in a
minutes past the hour. and now pope benedict xvi's stunning announcement that he'll be stepping down we have an idea when a new pope will take the reins. jim bittermann explains. >> reporter: since no pope has resigned in six centuries, there's very little precedent for what will happen at the vatican, but there are a few hints. the papal spokesman announced that there'll be a new pope by easter. easter is the 31st of march, so the 118 members will have to get through that. the spokesman also said the college of cardinals will not convene while the pope is still? office. so that means the popes will not go into conclave before he steps down. the election process itself could be quite short. with jet travel it no longer takes weeks for cardinals to gather. in fact third quarter could arrive early in march. what will be missing is the period of mourning and reflection that takes place when a pope dies. it is still an open question whether the cardinals will immediately fwaer and go sbieng the conclave or take a few days to get into the mood for electing a pope. also unclear is whether wit
pictures of the vatican, pope benedict xvi. this will be his first ma mass celebration. this is live pictures on this ash wednesday much the beginning of the lent season in which christians will observe a time of reflection and prayer and of course, this will be an interesting season as pope benedict prepares for his final days as the pope. >> right. this is his regular weekly audience that you're watching live. just started a few minutes ago. the pope literally just took to the stage. later today, he'll hold that ash wednesday service as well. a lot of folks who were not planning to be at vatican city changed their plans. we, of course, will continue to monitor this as a the morning continues and bring you updates as changes happen. >>> now let's check the forecast. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein is here with changes. tom sm. >> clouds are rolling in from the south and west and producing some precipitation by later this afternoon. right now in the low to mid-30s most of the region. as we look at the day ahead, it's going to be chilly this morning but ought to climb into the
terms. a milestone moment witnessed by thousands. pope benedict delivered his final sunday blessing. as anne thompson explains, he prepares for retirement and it new controversy. >> during the final blessing of pope benedict. the 100,000 people not only got a blessing but they heard the pope give more reason for why he is retiring. he told the crowd got has called him on the mountain. -- god has called him on the mountain to live a life of prayer and meditation. he wants to live this life with the same kind of dedication but to do so in a way more appropriate for his age and strength. >> affection, closeness, and prayer. >> the event played out against the background of a new scandal. the priests what the cardinal to resign immediately. a spokesperson told me the pope will be informed about the matter. the vatican will issue a statement tomorrow morning. >> still ahead, which stars can call themselves oscar winners. plus, love for the game and a big donation. it adds up to a great new experience for baltimore school boards. -- girls. >> other storms waiting in the wings. the car >>
you open an account. >>> this was a bittersweet day at the vatican as pope benedict xvi made his final sunday appearance and the church faced new allegations of wrong doing. nbc's ann thompson is at the vatican for us tonight. ann, good evening. >> good evening, lester. people packed st. peters square today to say good-bye to pope benedict. he told the crowd that by retiring he was not abandoning the church, but, rather, that god had called him to a life of more prayer and meditation. the crowd, in turn, in song and with signs and in many different languages said thank you to the 85-year-old pontiff. as that was happening, there were new charges. there were charges being brought against a scottish cardinal, one of the men that will vote for the new pope, three priests and one young priest accused him of inappropriate behavior. lester. >> ann thompson in rome tonight. thank you. >>> that's "nbc nightly news" for this sunday. i'll see you short loyel
benedict steps down on thursday. yesterday he gave his final sunday blessing and defended his position to retire and there's news this morning surrounding one of the cardinals who helped pick benedict's successor and the pope has changed the conclave rules to hold the conclave earlier than normal. allen pizzey is in vatican city. >> reporter: more troubles for the vatican city and the conclave. it was announced he was resigning and would not take part. cardinal o'brien is the focus of atense because he's been accused of inappropriate contact with four young priests some 30 years ago. the cardinal denies the allegations but said he was not taking part in the conclave so as not to detract from the conclave to choose pope benedict's successor. that brings the number down to 115. benedict told the faithful who came to his last sunday blessing that he was not abandoning the church but doing what was best to serve it in a way more suitable to my age and my strength. certainly the scandal that keeps erupting would tax the strength of any 85-year-old. even before ben dig
are starting to gather in rome to choose pope benedict's successor, but some catholics are demanding retired archbishop roger mahoney not attend because of his role in shielding sexually abusie ivivi priests. he said he will attend the conclave. u.s. cardinal timothy dolan will also attend the conclave. he was questioned while he was the head of the archdiocese of milwaukee. he's reportedly one of the front-runners to succeed benedict but on wednesday he wouldn't join in the speculation. >> all the cardinals are really embarrassed to talk about that, and we'd be uncomfortable talking about it. so i'll leave it at that. >> boston's cardinal sean o'malley is also reportedly on the short list. he has a reputation as a reformer in the aftermath of the priests' sex abuse scandal. >>> a lucky skier lives to tell the tale after an avalanche. he couldn't help but being smiled wheen he was rescued. he was making his last run of the day when he heard the ground moan and was buried. other skiers saw his ski pole sticking up and were able to pull him to safety. >>> and you can be one of the first to wea
ahead, pope benedict gives a final address before he steps down as leader of catholic church. and the pilot makes a dramatic escape after his plane plunges into tampa bay. >>> it was a gray and drizzly day throughout the d.c. metro area. we have a return of sunshine in the forecast. i'll tell you more about that coming up after the break. here's a look at your wakeup weather. temperatures in the 30s to start out the day. >>> pope benedict will resign in five days. the pope gave a final address to the vatican. he thanked church officials for helping him bear what he called the weight of the paper tree. the vatican is worried the alleged scandals reported by italian media might have a negative impact on the cardinals as they enter the conclave to choose the next pope. >> the person who might choose would be assuming, increasingly heavy responsibilities. in some ways -- >> washington's archbishop is leaving tomorrow for the conclave, we expect to hear from him tomorrow afternoon and we'll have that on wusa9 tomorrow. >>> the charter bus carrying a campus ministry group home to
last week. >>> pope benedict xvi will lead ash wednesday mass at st. peter's basilica today. ash wednesday marks the beginning of lent, a period of 40 days of penitence leading up to easter. this week, the pope announced he will be resigning at the end of the month due to his advanced age. this will be the pope's first public appearance since that announcement. >>> the president called for immigration reform and tougher gun laws. as fox's craig boswell reports, there was much more. >> reporter: in addition to the jobs and the economy, president obama pressures congress on new gunpoint legislation, immigration and also says nearly half of the u.s. troops in afghanistan are coming home this year. >> reporter: president obama says 34,000 u.s. troops will be pulled out of afghanistan by next year. >> this drawdown will continue and by the end of next year, the war in afghanistan will be over. >> reporter: on domestic issues, the key focus is jobs, the economy and pressuring congress to void automatic spending cuts on march first. >> they would certainly slow our recovery and cost us
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. >>> with the departure of pope benedict, the catholic church is in a period of transition. there is a trend that has many catholics disturbed. religious correspondent lauren green on what is happening to catholic schools. >> they are frustrated that the school's close at the end of the year. >> when the decision time came, we were sure we met the goal. we at no time think it would close. then we felt it was in vain. >> in the 1950s, catholic schools were 13,000 nationally. today is less than 7,000. since 2000, 24% drop in number of schools. new york archdiocese of schools says this is not an academic issue. this is a finance issue. >> the cost per child is at an elementary school. roughly $6200. we artificially set tuition lower to make it as affordable as possible for all children and then we take it upon ourselves to make up the difference. >> attendance at mass down choosthere are fewer people choosing to make it a priority. >> if you're not a regular church-goer, perhaps getting that education for your child isn't at the top of your list. we think it should be. it isn't. the author of the evan genera
are getting you live picture right now there vatican city where pope benedict xvi is making his first public appearance since his resignation announcement t will be his sex tonight last public audience before retiring at the end of the month -- his second to last public audience before retiring at the end of the month. >> i'm sarah simmons. >> i'm wisdom marcan in on our weather here locally and talk to tucker barnes. >> we have an action-packed day starting with clear skies and cold conditions. later today, we'll cloud up and get a period of rain. parts of the area will transition over to snow tonight. not going to be a major storm. not talking boston blizzard. later tonight, i think after the rush hour, there could be some light accumulations if you are concerned about coming back from work later this afternoon, generally with the exception of if you are going well north and west, it should just be rain showers for you. 36 at reagan national. dulles and bwi marshall, 33 degrees. not concerned with anything falling from the skies. we still have clear skies for much of the area to start you
. >>> we continue to keep an eye on the vatican this morning as pope benedict addresses the catholic faithful for the first time since news broke that he's stepping down. >>> also ahead, an alabama mother sharing for the first time what her son went through as he was held hostage for days. >>> the report blaming a sugary drink for the death of a woman. >>> we continue to watch the weather for you as well as we wait for another winter storm system to arrive. what you can expect throughout the day with weather and traffic on >>> i'm angie goff at the live desk. pope benedict xvi speaking for the first time after his announcement that he is stepping down as pope. this is what he told the crowd. he said he is resigning for the good of the church. he repeatedly said in italian that he didn't have the strength to continue. he said i did this in the full liberty for the good of the church. you're looking at live pictures right now as the general meeting gets under way. this is benedict's first appearance since he shocked the world in news that he will leave his position at the end of the mo
people. pope benedict xvi, the first pope they've known and the old who know how his story is. gathering to hear the last testament. and looking on the cardinal, one of these men could soon be pope, the first from pope benedict, a prayer. a final message to his follower followers. >> ask each of you to pray for me and for the new pope i impart my blessing. thank you. [ applause ] >> reporter: this frail man choosing a quieter life. so very different from his predecessor john paul who stayed until the very end. anthony from pennsylvania witnessed both pope's last sermons. >> they're courage in different ways. in opposite ways but the same degree of courage. >> reporter: the pope summoning the strength to say good-bye, giving up one of the most powerful roles on earth. meeting publicly with the faithful one last time. >> savannah as the pope got up to leave. there was a wave of emotion. people calling out to him, waving good-bye. many people held up banners saying thank you in return. pope benedict told the faithful i have never felt this way. >> thank you. greg burke is the senior communi
. pope benedict xvi is resigning at the end of the month. he septa letter to the cardinals saying, take this job and shove it. actually, he didn't do that. but he is resigning. good morning, everybody. wow. man. i am having a hard time digesting that. i never heard of a pope resigning before. but anyhow, we will talk about that and a whole lot more. good to see you today. welcome. welcome to the "full-court press" here on current tv. and on your local progressive talk radio station and this hour only. i don't know. ask them. i can't tell you. on this hour only, why it's on sirius xm. good to see you today. hope you had a great weekend. ready to tackle the big stories of the day as we go into this week's state of the union week. president obama poised to deliver his state of the union address tomorrow night to a joint session of congress, and then he goes on the road to sell his ideas and to sell his program to the american people. on wednesday he will be down in asheville, with our good friends down there at 880. the revolution on tuesday i'm sorry, t
'm erin burnett. tonight, the fourth most powerful man in the world resigns. pope benedict xvi surprised many of his 1.2 billion fall ors worldwide when he said he was going to step down at the end of the month, and the reason, his age. nearly one in four americans identifies as catholic. according to the church, the catholic population worldwide has about 15 million members in 2010. the latest year for which there was data. about 17% of the planet is catholic. now, a church is believed to be the third largest landowner in the world, so it's hard to estimate what the church owns and what it's worth. economists estimate annual spending just by the united states by the catholic church and its entities was about $170 billion in one year, 2010. sister simone campbell is the executive director of the national catholic justice lobby. brian finny worked for opus dei. scary guys. let me start with you, sister simone. i wart to start with a serious issue. $3.3 billion has been paid out by the church in the past 15 years to settle rape and molestation charges of boys against priests. pope benedict
problem, don't you dare vote for anything that raises taxes on anybody. >> thank you. and pope benedict is suggesting we will never see him again after he resigns two weeks from today. the pope told the priests this morning he'll be in his words hidden to the world. they say benedict will play no role in choosing his successor. they say he'll move to a vatican monastery to live a life of prayer and it is time now to show yo this morning's headlines. "the new york times" says iran is upgrading its nuclear facilities. new centrifuges were installed last month. meanwhile iran has started a new round of talks with the national atomic energy agency. >>> and "the wall street journal" says the u.s. and europeans have struck up a trade deal. it could take two years to compete. >>> "usa today" says there use news on chuck hagel. they could decide tomorrow. republicans are threatening to stonewall the nomination and moderate republican susan says she'll appose hagel. >> at a hearing yesterday patrick donohoe told senators the postal service needs their help. last year, ke
insides set the tone. stay in the groove with align. >> there's a live look at pope benedict xvi delivering a call to prayer at the vatican. one of his final appearances before he resigns the end of this month. our next guest met the pope when he was cardinal ratzinger, and he predicted that he would succeed pope john paul ii. >> joining us is from the school of law. >> glad to be with you. >> one of my first questions, we think about the catholic church, it's been underfire and i know that you are very concerned about the moral decline of the world in general. so, when you think about the next pope, you've got to have to have somebody who will adapt and adhere to the catholic belief system. >> that's right, and i'm confident that the conclave will pick someone like that, an extremely good successor not just to benedict, but john paul iv. ap they had the history, the back-to-back, and i think there are a lot of cardinals out there who could fill those shoes. >> since you have an accurate track record of predicting the next pope, who is in the running? >> well, i'm not sure that i
, the vatican says pope benedict xvi will not participate in the conclave to pick his successor. next month, more than 100 cardinals will meet at the cat v vatican to begin the closed-door ritual to pick. it takes a two-thirds majority to become pope. this morning on the "today" show father robert baron explained what the cardinals will look for when picking a new pope. here's what he had to say about what happens when when they meet to make that choice. >> they're looking for an evangelist. the primary task of the succession to peter is to announce that jesus has ridge from the death. under that rubric, you look at theological acome men, communication skill and knowledge of language. especial after john paul ii it's now taken that the pope should be the master of many languages. >> pope benedict will step down february 28th citing age and health reasons. the vatican says the pope has a pacemaker and its batteries were changed in secret just a few months ago. >>> many people are taking guesses as who will become the new pope. cardinal peter turkson tops it with the odds of first black pope.
and we're just getting started here on this monday morning. pope benedict xvi making more changes to the vatican rules. why this is so significant and why he is stepping down. a little more information on that as well. bill: look at the drama in these images here. a dangerous crash over the weekend in daytona. a car flying, a wheel actually flying into the stand, injurying fans, some critically. we have a live update how they're doing. martha: we have a child involved there. we'll tell you the latest. president obama turning to the states for support to put the country back on track. >> i'm looking for good partners because while nobody in this room sees eye-to-eye on everything, we know that when we work together democrats and republicans, north, south, east and west, we can accomplish so much more than we can on our own. and we got onesies. sometimes miracles get messy. so we use tide free. no perfumes or dyes for her delicate skin. brad. not it. not it. just kidding. that's our tide. what's yours? . ... at tyco integrated security, we consider ourselves business optimizers. how
and its passengers. >>> and pope benedict xvi may enact one final reform before he leaves his post at the vatican. possibly allowing for the conclave to start before he officially steps down. current church law forces cardinals to wait at least 15 days after the papacy is vacant to begin the process of picking a successor. the fact that benedict is still alive could help drive some change. >>> in syria today state tv says that 53 people were killed, more than 200 were wounded by a car bombing in damascus. at least three attacks many the capitol today. after merely two years the civil war has claimed more than 70,000 lives. joining us now is pulitzer prize winning writer and reporter dexter whose latest reporting in "the new yorker" i will lyme lum natures why a solution to this crisis has been so elusive. thanks. it's great to see you. thanks very much. you really were digging into hezbollah, its roots in beirut, of course, in lebanon, but also the iranian proxy war that is being fought in the civil war in syria. what is your bottom line in terms of the role of hezbollah, away we'r
benedict resigned. the daily paper says an internal report uncovered an underground gay network at the vatican much more could come from the paper. the newspaper says this is just the first in a series of reports. nbc's claudio lavania is here for us. what more did they disclose in this report? >> reporter: well, tamron, it is certainly well respected here in italy. the first or second biggest newspaper here in italy and usually good sources. well, what this paper is saying is that in that report, 300-page report of the internal vatican inquiry in to the scandal was so disturbing that pope benedict xvi decided to leave there and then and two months before the official abdication. it contained details about the inside of the vatican and lobbies that were -- it was power clashes of the lobbies that broke two, as a matter of fact, of the ten commandments. the first one, commandment number 6. thou shall not steal. that's a reference to the vatican bank accused of money laundering. well, also broke according to the report commandment number 7, thou shall not commit adultery. also tho
>>> this is an nbc news special report. the resignation of pope benedict xvi. here is savannah guthrie. >> good morning. i'm savannah guthrie live at the vatican with an nbc news special report. it's noon here in rome, 6:00 a.m. on the east coast and pope benedict xvi is wrapping up his final meeting with the college of cardinals right now before he officially steps down as leader of the catholic church later today. let's get to nbc's keir simmons here in st. peter's square. good morning. what have we been seeing this mo
, is there more to pope benedict's sudden decision to step down? and who might replace him? is there any chance the next pope could be an american? we're live in vatican city with new details. >>> and nightmare, passengers on a cruise chip stranded in the gulf of mexico say conditions are getting worse and there's word this morning that their journey will be even longer "today," tuesday, february 12th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. important news breaking overnight. u.n. security council is going to hold an emergency meeting this morning to address north korea's overnight nuclear test. >> this is north korea's third nuclear test, but the first under its new leader, kim jong un. we'll have a live report from the pentagon straight ahead. >>> a big development in the story we've been following, two men now charged in connection with the murder of a 15-year-old chicago girl who performed at t
by him. >> fall from grace, for sure. >>> we're getting a better idea how pope benedict foresees his life in retirement. he said he will be hidden from the world. the vatican confirmed that benedict's closest adviser will continue to serve him as a private secretary, even while running the new pope's household. >> big changes ahead. he's like, i'm gone, i'm disappearing. >> i think he's doing that because he doesn't want there to be a perceived idea that he's going to somehow have something to do with the pope's election. >> pass that baton and move back. >>> here's a look at your friday forecast. light snow for upstate new york and northern new england. up to 5 inches in northern michigan. showers in the tennessee valley. heavy downpours from orlando to miami. 4 to 8 inches of mountain snow in colorado and wyoming. >> 40s across the rockies. teens from fargo to minneapolis. 28 in chicago. 48 in beantown. 60s from atlanta to new orleans. >>> before we put the whole valentine's day thing to rest for another year, we want to give a shout out to a couple in pennsylvania. they have been marri
. >> it was a stunning announcement one that reverb rated in parishes all over the world. pope benedict the 17th confirmed the love for others. his holiness made the ultimate sacrifice and determined advocating the job was the right move at this time. it is something that has not been done in 600 years. so this transition will be historic. with the changing face of the church there is speculation the next pope could come from an emerging african nation or somewhere in lat narroning. one thing for sure in churches from he is six to eldersburg parishioners will have a new holy father by easter an opportunity to embrace new vision for the church. as we move through the len ton season with mres so lessons of sacrifice pope benedict xvi that service to others begins with selflessness. for more on the life and leader ship of the pope and the up coming transition log on to to wbal-tv.com and click on news.
call police. >>> pope benedict xvi celebrated his last public mass tonight. [ speaking foreign language ] >> he marked the beginning of lent with a mass. he announced his retirement two days ago saying he no longer has the strength to continue his duties. he will be taken to a retreat 15 miles south east of roam. >>> dozens of men and women gathered at the bart station in support of the 11 million undocumented immigrants. they want to make sure families are not torn apart by deportation and calling for a clear path to citizenship. >> a message of the faith community standing with the immigrant community here on ash wednesday and saying enough is enough. this is our opportunity to actually make real change when it comes to citizenship. >> it included the pouring of ashes on the street. they chose the mission district because it is known for making immigrants feel at home. >>> they have agreed to merge. this is a move that will create the biggest airline. the boards voted on the merger today. siting sources close to the morninger. they have been in talks for a year. reports say the ceo of
forecast. eri erica. >>> pope benedict met italy's leader five days before he steps down. there is speculation about whether an american cardinal could replace him as pope. anne thompson has more from vatican city. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. all kind of chatter at the vatican where pope benedict is back on the job after his week-long lenten retreat. he appointed new bishops italy and mexico as people here at the vatican are getting ready for what are expected to be huge crowds for its final two events. meanwhile ther meanwhile, there are many questions about this momentous occasion, like who will lead the church, that are still unanswered. a week before pope benedict retires and still no clear front-runner to succeed him. however, there is a long shot. new york's gregarious cardinal timothy dolan. >> i'll do anything to get you guys to church. >> reporter: praise in catholic circles for his efforts to revitalize the church and fighting obama administration con ra sepgs coverage mandate. this week he was depossessed about how he dealt with abusive prie
that they're going to be looking at these cardinals is that they think that ratzginger, pope benedict, that he was too much himself. and not enough just the pope. somebody like him who was a scholar and had written a dozen books, they said this is not what we want in a pope. we need somebody who will give up their identity completely. a less accomplished person. chris: when we come back, the big question for us, when the cardinals do name the next pope, only those under 80 years of age may vote. pope, only those under 80 years of age may vote. in today's good. no, not good. he's a vegetarian and he's going to be here in 20 minutes! [ mom ] don't stress. we can figure this out. ♪ [ male announcer ] get the speed to make a great first impression. call today to get u-verse high speed internet for as little as $14.95 a month for 12 months with a one-year price guarantee. this is delicious. ♪ [ male announcer ] save the day in an instant. at&t. ♪ chris: welcome back. when the pope leaves this week, the cardinals will get ready to choose his successor but only card naturals under age
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